Before any Catholics get all annoyed at me for asking the question, please keep in mind that this isn’t intended as an attack on Pope Francis or the Catholic church in general. These are the end times and one must be vigilant with their desire to understand the dynamics that are driving this world. It isn’t a stretch to say that the new Pope has come out of the gate running and that his popularity compared to the previous Pope could be considered unnatural. It could all be harmless, even beneficial to the world. Then again, it could be something more sinister.
I went into more detail about it on Judeo Christian Church:
This is more positive press on Reddit for the Pope than any all other Catholic- or Pope-related stories combined. In fact, scanning through searches of stories regarding Benedict yielded zero positive stories that had over 100 upvotes. To put the traffic- and sentiment-driving power of Reddit into perspective, the image listed above of the Pope signing the little girl’s cast that had 3,433 upvotes and 355 comments has been viewed over 188,000 times in 3 days.